The Thin Woman

The Thin Woman

eBook - 2000
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Random House, Inc.
In the delectable debut that earned her instant acclaim, award-winning author Dorothy Cannell serves up a murder mystery to be savored. . . 

Ellie Simons longs to be thin—and married. But with her single-minded passion for éclairs and clotted cream, her prospects on both counts seem dim. That's why the summons to attend a family reunion at the old ancestral home is about as welcome as a snakebite. How can she show up with her embarrassingly full figure in her humble unmarried state and keep her chins up? Enter Bentley T. Haskell of Eligibility Escorts, a devastatingly attractive writer of smutty novels who also cooks like a dream. With Bentley posing as her besotted beau, Ellie feels brave enough to beard her batty relations in their den. . . .

But mouldering Merlin's Court is nothing like Ellie remembers, and with her wretchedly beautiful cousin Vanessa making eyes at Ben, and her malevolent old uncle Merlin popping up in the most unexpected places, it's enough to put Ellie off her food. And the best—and worst—is yet to come, as the weekend leads to sudden death, unexpected romance, and a treasure hunt that promises epicurean Ellie wealth, hearth, and happiness . . . if she survives.

Praise for The Thin Woman

“[Dorothy] Cannell makes a delicious debut; discriminatory whodunit fans will want more of her inventions.”Publishers Weekly

“A likable debut—combining fairy-tale romance, treasure hunts, and a homicidal mania.”Kirkus Reviews

Baker & Taylor
Reluctant to show up at her family reunion carrying so many extra pounds, unmarried, overweight Ellie Simons hires Bentley T. Haskell to pose as her fiance+a7, thus beginning a weekend of romance, jealousy, and murder. Book available.

Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], 2000
ISBN: 9780307816726
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Overweight and unmarried, Ellie Simons balks at the prospect of attending her family reunion. But with a hired escort, Bentley T. Haskell, in tow--posing as husband--she summons the courage to go, little realizing that the weekend will lead to unexpected romance, a treasure hunt--and murder.


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May 15, 2015

This is the first is a series of books about Ellie, and it is by far the best. Humor, mixed with gothic elements and predictable, but entertaining plot twists, make this an enjoyable weekend read.

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